It’s Been a Year

What do you get when you cross a woman who works full time and is planning her wedding? …

Someone who doesn’t blog for a whole year!!

I never knew how much a wedding could consume one’s life until I had one. Although it was a wonderful day – the days, weeks, and months preceding the wedding I felt as though I had two jobs. But all-in-all it was a great year and even though my blog isn’t so much about my everyday life I’d still like to recap on what I did in 2014:

Went to Disneyland + Met Mickey Mouse :)

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Started working out and lost some weight! 

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Met comedian Louis Black in August… he does those scratch off radio commercials… 

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Married my best friend :D

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and celebrated my 30th Birthday… (and yes that is a real instant photo taken with the Instax Mini

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Don’t Doubt Your Creativity

I KNOW. It’s been a while. I’m a slacker but the truth is I’ll never completely leave this blog. I’m just very scatter-brained. It is part of having a creative mind and never knowing what to do first. And I’ll never quit either. You shouldn’t quit creativity especially if it’s something you love!

I saw this video by Ira Glass on the Huffington Post the other day and it made perfect sense to me.
It’s so easy to be frustrated with your work, so much that you procrastinate because the answer isn’t coming to you. But sometimes, it doesn’t come when you’re just thinking about it. Sometimes it comes when you’re knee deep into your process – even if you don’t know what that process is yet. Just like the video says, do work. Do what you love! And don’t give up. It is not always about the final product, but how you got there. And sometimes one weird idea you had will lead you to another.

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

The other thing that frustrates me is I know many people who had a life changing event happen such as a bad break up after a long term relationship. Or maybe they were rejected from the college they wanted to get into. Or they had a boss tell them how bad and slow of a designer they are. And they stop. Something brain washes them enough that they stop being creative, stop drawing, stop painting. Or that being and artist is bad and you’re going to end up starving on some street corner.

Well, no I don’t believe any of that!

All those things ^ up there happened to me. But this relationship between me and my creativity – not one thing can come between us. It will always be a part of me. No one can take that away, even if you stop using it.

Oh and one more thing – don’t scribble on work you think is bad. Don’t throw it out. Don’t erase it. SAVE YOUR ARTWORK. These are great teachers. It is wonderful to look back and see how far you’ve come. And you can’t do that if you’ve let it become trash. To me, looking at sketches and seeing the progress is awesome! Don’t hate on your past-self. It got you here!


Making the most of technology to improve your designs

The Best Design Apps at Your Fingertips
For the aspiring designer, nothing can compare to sketching on pen and paper, using your bare hands to create designs that they can truly call their own. However, we live in a drastically technological age, and it would be a shame not to use that to your advantage.

Pew Research Center’s studies reveal that nearly half of all American adults (45%) and two thirds (66%) of all young adults now own a smartphone, with many of them relying on their phones for most of their communications, business-related activity, and recreational activity. It really comes as no surprise, as mobile developers have been consistently churning out millions of apps that help with productivity, with provisions for easy sharing of files and projects. Of the millions of apps on iTunes and the Google Play Store, there are hundreds that can be used by would-be designers.

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If you’re going to do all of your designing on your phone or tablet, however, it’s best to make sure that your device isn’t using up more power than it needs. Kim of pocket fruity recommends shutting off your 3G connectivity whenever you’re using an app that doesn’t require an internet connection, and connecting to Wi-Fi when using an app that does. “It’s another good way to save mobile battery,” She says. “It’s cheaper because you won’t use up all your data allowance and Wi-Fi is just generally more reliable for playing games on your mobile.”

Regardless of what kind of design app you’re looking for, we guarantee that you can find it in the apps directory. There are apps for designers of all experience levels, with some offering simple guides and some providing different tools. Graphic designers will be especially thrilled to find apps like Web Design in a Nutshell, which contains information on current trends on web design, as well as tips on how to make your designs work more efficiently. Designers HQ is also a great place to start, as it’s a community-run app that has user-submitted design tips and tricks.

Add to those the thousands of sketch apps available for free on the apps stores, and the possibilities for web designers are endless. With full connectivity to social media and an active user base, these apps don’t just expand your knowledgebase and give you ideas; they also widen your potential market.


The Return of Saturn: Complete

I know it’s been a while (again) I mean I don’t know.  I don’t have an excuse.  It’s a combination of being distracted and making wedding plans  (even though i have no idea what the hell I’m doing).  I couldn’t really think of anything to write.  And then last week it hit me – The Return of Saturn.  MY return of saturn. My 29th birthday was last Friday.

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And then I thought wait didn’t Angie write about this?

I learned about the “Return of Saturn” when I was 15 – when No Doubt released their album of the same title.  Of which was on repeat in my discman my first 2 years of high school.  Sure, I knew that the “Return of Saturn” meant that Saturn’s cycle is 29.something years and it is in the same spot it was when you were born.  I knew that much.  But what I didn’t know – I didn’t really realize until this year is how much you really DO change as a person.  You’re an adult – for real! No more games.  No more being scared.  It’s a time to stand up for yourself! Open your mouth!!  Be heard!!  I’m not here to be a lemming.  If I’m asked my opinion – I’m certainly not going to give the answer I think will make everyone else happy.  I’m going to have my own voice because now I realize how much I deserve to be heard.  With some years experience to back it up, I might add.   There have been sooo many times where I wish I said this or that – but I kept my mouth shut instead.  Well, not anymore.  The filters in my brain are slowly turning off and I’m finding myself having “word vomit” more often.  Oops.

I’m sure most of you have hear Katy Perry’s song Roar.  I’m not completely sure but I think that’s what she is talking about in this song. She is only 2 weeks older than me – born the same year.   We’re both completing our “Return of Saturn” for the first time.

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything